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Court Rules 12-Year-old girl in State custody can have abortion without parental consent

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Alabama Appeals Court upheld a lower court’s decision to grant a parental consent waiver for an abortion to an unidentified 12-year-old girl, who claims she become pregnant after being raped by a family member.

This ruling occurred even though the local District Attorney objected to the abortion, no family member signed, and the girl is in custody of the State of Alabama’s Department of Human Resources.

Pro-Life advocates objected to the State sanctions (and presumable taxpayer paid for) slaying of the pre-born child, regardless of the sad circumstances of his or her conception.

The Executive Director of the COPE Pregnancy Center Lorie Mullins said, “This case is about the baby, I mean the 12-year-old baby, who has been victimized by rape and has now been told an abortion will fix her life. A girl who doesn’t, no, can’t, comprehend what is about to happen to her. What’s next for her? The following statements are based on my knowledge of dozens of post-abortive women. Who will be there for her in the future when the realization of her actions hit her? When she understands that not being pregnant doesn’t remove the pain of her abuse but only adds to her pain as she becomes the victim and the perpetrator! Who is explaining the procedure, preparing her to deliver a dead baby, and then warning her of substance abuse, depression, promiscuity that will probably face her? This child needs a voice, not an abortion. She needs to be protected, not used as a pawn in the pro-abortion/pro-life arena, and to the girl herself, I would say, you’ve been robbed of your childhood, don’t rob yourself of your future.”

The former Legal Director for AOC Win Johnson said, “There are two victims of this decision by the Court of Civil Appeals (opinion authored by Judge Sam Donaldson): The unborn child & the 12-year-old mother.  For decades, we’ve heard the debate over the life of the child in the womb, an issue which even a five-year-old can understand. Yet while our society has abandoned its responsibility to protect the life of its most vulnerable members, it has also abandoned something else: Conscience.”

Johnson said, “Scripture explains some of the serious effects to the conscience caused by shedding innocent blood. Proverbs 28:17 says, ‘A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit.’ I think that indicates a severe psychological struggle. The girl’s mother takes no responsibility to guide her, and neither does the court system of Alabama.”

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Johnson said, “What effects could this young girl face for the rest of her life? The bible is unclear as to just what effects there are to your psyche for violating your conscience, but it is very clear that the effects are extremely damaging. How could allowing this girl to make this decision be ‘in her best interest,’ as the opinion by the Court of Civil Appeals says?!”

Johnson concluded, “Someone else’s conscience is in the dock, so to speak, also. It’s the judges on the Court of Civil Appeals and the Juvenile Court judge in this case. They will have to explain themselves to the highest court of all, and I’m not referring to the US Supreme Court; I mean the Court of Heaven. On the final day of judgment, there will be no “King’s X,” no exemption, no judicial immunity for the decisions judges make on this earth. All will be included in the Record before that great Judge, the giver of life Himself.”

Most polls (and elections) show that Alabama is overwhelmingly Pro-Life.  Despite this abortion remains legal in Alabama because of the controversial Roe versus Wade decision in 1972 that claimed that the unborn child lacks the rights and legal protections that other human being are entitled to under the law.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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